Information Bulletin

Reopening of the path in the western half of the canal

Montreal, Quebec, June 29, 2018 - Parks Canada would like to take this opportunity to inform the public that the western half of the path on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site has now reopened. Cyclists and pedestrians can use the 14 km path along the canal, from its western end in Lachine to the eastern entrance of the canal in the Old Port.

From October 2017 to June 2018, Parks Canada carried out repairs on the lighting system and the canal walls at various locations over a 7 km stretch between Chemin Du Musée in LaSalle and Avenue De L'Église in Le Sud-Ouest. This work involved the circulation of heavy equipment and the presence of uneven patches on the path and the banks of the canal. As Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada, this section of the canal was closed for the duration of the work to ensure the safety of users and workers.

New technology and better visitor experience

The old lampposts, equipped with high-pressure sodium lamps, have been replaced by LED devices - more durable, energy efficient and easy to maintain. In addition, the old electrical system dating back to the 1970s has been replaced by an underground power system. These improvements are more environmentally friendly and will enhance the reliability of the lighting network and thus provide a more enjoyable and safe experience for the more than 1.5 million users of the path annually. This first phase of repairs on the Lachine Canal lighting system represents an investment of $ 2.8 million.

Retaining walls

The canal walls represent the evolution of the canal and highlight various construction techniques used for over a century. They are an integral part of the cultural resource that is the canal, and are directly related to the commemorative integrity of the site.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is carrying out various projects to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, including: bridges and footbridges; lighting systems; retaining walls; andlocks. When these projects have an impact to its users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.


Lachine Canal National Historic Site Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

Parks Canada announces plan to connect Canadians to their heritage in Montreal

June 1, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

The management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament today. Management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada’s places.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation.

The new plan for the Lachine Canal outlines the following key strategies:

  • Creating a strong identity for the canal and providing a distinctive signature that are both rooted in the heritage values of the site.
  • Focusing on the renewal of the facilities and services offered in order to better reflect the expectations of different users as well as the recent transformations of adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Increasing the integration of the canal with surrounding communities, to foster ownership so that they can obtain benefits from it.
  • Take advantage of the canal's urban setting to promote the unique expertise of Parks Canada and its large network of protected areas.

The new plan also puts forward a targeted management approach for the Peel Basin area in order to create a convergence site for the canal and make it attractive for Montreal's urban clientele as well as tourists.

The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, visitors, stakeholders, and partners of the region of Montreal. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is delivering its promise to protect and present Canada’s cultural heritage while also providing an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our diverse history in new and exciting ways.

Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 in 2017 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places. In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under. Parks Canada’s national heritage places are a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada’s website at: https://pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/canallachine/info/gestion-management/gestion-management-2018.

Quote

“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.”
Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Lachine Canal contributed significantly to the economic, industrial, and urban development of Montreal.
  • Today, in addition to its waterway punctuated by five locks between the Old Port and Lake St-Louis, this site offers an urban verdant 14.5 km path lined with industrial vestiges.
  • Since 2015, as a result of federal investments of $170 million over five years, the Lachine Canal is undergoing a significant rejuvenation of its infrastructure, including masonry walls, locks, bridges, heritage facilities, and path.
  • The canal attracts more than 1.2 million people annually, including some 4,500 recreational boaters.

Associated Links


Rehabilitation of the Canal Walls update

Montréal (Québec), May 16, 2018

Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work will be conducted on the north side of the canal over a 510 meters section, between the Atwater Footbridge and Dominion Street. From May to October 2018, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the canal and the various activities offered both on the canal’s waters and on its banks.


Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although it should have little impact on the cycling and pedestrian circulation in the area, inconveniences such as noise and dust could be felt by residents and neighboring businesses. Navigation on the canal will not be impacted.

During the work, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is always a top priority for Parks Canada.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques that have be used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system. Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Twitter and Facebook @LachineCanal and on the "Plan Your Commute" webpage.

Parks Canada is investing a record $ 3 billion over five years to complete infrastructure work at national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across the country. At the Lachine Canal, this work will ultimately improve the experience of more than one million people who visit this exceptional site every year.


Start of New Boating Season at Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Friday, May 18, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Parks Canada
Parks Canada staff and a man on a dock at Lachine Canal
The very first boater of 2018, Mr. Laporte.
Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Today, the Parks Canada team was pleased to welcome the very first boater of 2018, Mr. Laporte. A renewed calendar of activities awaits boaters this year on the Lachine Canal. Last year, more than 2,400 boats locked through the Canal. Boaters can obtain more information online about locking and mooring services, as well as 2018 activities. Happy boating!

Ongoing Closure of Path and Construction Updates

Montreal, Quebec, April 9, 2018 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that the western half of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site will remain closed until the end of June 2018 to allow for the completion of rehabilitation work undertaken last fall. Parks Canada kindly asks users to be cautious around the site and to comply with onsite signage, using the suggested detour.

Until June 2018, repairs to the lighting system and the canal walls will be carried out at various locations along a 7 km stretch between Chemin Du Musée in LaSalle and Avenue De l'Église in Le Sud-Ouest. The work will require the use of construction equipment on the path and banks of the canal. Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada so to ensure the safety of users and workers, this section of the canal will be closed for the duration of the work.

Pedestrians are invited to use the sidewalk along St. Patrick Street for their travel in this area.

For pathway commuters, a detour is suggested from Chemin Du Musée in Lachine to municipal bike paths Les Berges (along LaSalle Boulevard), and De l’Aqueduc (along Champlain Boulevard), then onto 5th Avenue, Rue De Verdun and finally onto Avenue De l'Église to join the canal in Le Sud-Ouest.

This is a detour adding about 6 km (+/- 20 minutes) to the route usually used by pathway commuters of the currently closed portion of the Lachine Canal. Despite the additional distance, this route is encouraged because it offers, in large part, a path specific for cyclists similar to that of the canal.

Parks Canada strongly discourages pathway commuters from using St. Patrick Street to bypass the closed section. Due to its configuration and heavy vehicle traffic, St. Patrick Street presents safety issues for bicycle travel. Parks Canada kindly asks pathway commuters to use the proposed detour or other safe transportation alternatives.

Signs including the detour plan will be installed at the various usual access points, at both ends, and along the closed area. Information on the work and impacts to users at the Lachine Canal is also available online at parkscanada.gc.ca/lachinecanal-work.

Parks Canada is aware of the potential inconvenience from the work along the Lachine Canal and its impact on users. In order to minimize the impact, most of the work is done outside of the operating season and, when possible, onsite detours are proposed. In this case, an onsite detour was not feasible and the proposed route represents the option closest to the regular route, while being mindful of the safety of users.

New technology and better visitor experience

The old lamppost, high-pressure sodium lights will be replaced by LEDs which are more durable, more efficient, energy-saving, and easy to maintain. In addition, the old electrical system, dating from the 1970s, is being replaced by an underground power network combined with smart boxes to facilitate repairs in case of failure.

Ultimately, these improvements will enhance the reliability of the lighting network and thus provide a more enjoyable and safe experience for the million annual users. This first phase of the repair of the lighting network of the Lachine Canal runway represents an investment of approximately $ 2.6 million.

Retaining walls

Retaining walls are representative of the evolution of the canal and the construction techniques used for more than a century. They are essential to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shores. They are thus a necessary asset for navigation in the canal and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is carrying out various work to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at Lachine Canal National Historic Site, including: bridges and footbridges; lighting system; retaining walls; and, locks. When this work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million will be invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.


Parks Canada staff planning their day

Student job offer

Are you a student and want to be part of the Parks Canada team this summer? Here is your chance! We are looking for a social media coordinator and a photographer / videographer.

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca, and if you have any questions, please contact Suzie Poisson at 514 895-1032 or by email: suzie.poisson@pc.gc.ca.

Social Media Coordinator
 

Description of the job

You are passionate about communicating, creating and sharing content on social networks, you like to visit unique places and participate in exceptional events, so this job is for you!

The Quebec Waterways team is looking for a social media manager to produce engaging digital content that features fascinating stories and exciting events! The social media coordinator will encourage interaction with the various audiences around the richness of Québec's historic canals, and will give privileged access to the history and beauty of exceptional wildlife.

Description of tasks

  • Create engaging content and campaigns to effectively address target audiences in social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Adapt, offer in a variety of forms and create content on the Web
  • Identify and use influencers, hashtags and strategic mentions to increase engagement on our social media.
  • Develop a calendar of contents and lines of communication for the different social medias
  • Identify attractive photos to feed the digital platforms
  • Collaborate in writing other communication tools
  • Support the External Relations team in their various activities
  • Ensure close monitoring of media, particularly social media, and prepare thematic press reviews
  • Work schedules may include weekends and holidays

Required profile

  • Creative mind
  • Great autonomy and a sense of initiative
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skill

Abilities

  • Ability to write communication documents in French and English
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to set priorities, perform several tasks simultaneously and meet short deadlines
  • Ability to provide public relations communications products and services
  • Ability to work in a team

Previous experience

Have completed 1 year of university studies (communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or other relevant discipline)

Other requirements

  • Bilingualism is a must
  • Capable of driving a vehicle; valid driver's licence

Work location

Montreal

How to apply?

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca

Photographer-Videographer
 

Description of the job

You are passionate about communications, designing and producing photos and videos, you enjoy working outdoors, visiting unique places and participating in exceptional events, so this job is for you!

The Quebec Waterways team is looking for a videographer/photographer to produce a series of feature stories and promotional images showcasing a varied and exciting programming! Through his or her lens, the videographer/photographer will make you discover or rediscover the richness of the canals, and will give you privileged access to the history and beauty of an exceptional wildlife.

These productions will be used to promote the invaluable sites managed by the Agency, but also to promote public understanding of the work Parks Canada employees do on a daily basis to protect and maintain Canada's heritage.

Description of tasks

  • The student will carry out research in order to find content for his or her videos and photos. This includes, but is not limited to, interviewing Parks Canada employees, meeting with visitors and reviewing documents from the Agency.
  • The student will be required to use various electronic devices and software (camera, editing software, image processing software, sound recording equipment and software, photo processing software, etc.) so as to record photos and videos, edit and produce the final and inspiring versions.
  • The student will use new media to effectively promote and make available videos and photos to peers.
  • The student will be required to use his or her planning and time management skills to ensure that videos and photos are completed before the end of his or her employment contract.
  • The student will use his or her attention to detail, organizational skills and record-keeping skills to record video footage, photos, and to prepare the associated metadata.

Required profile

  • Creative mind
  • Great autonomy and a sense of initiative
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skill

Abilities

  • Ability to research specific themes
  • Ability to produce video material including feature stories and promotional footage
  • Ability to produce inspiring images
  • Ability to prepare storyboards and screenplays
  • Ability to use different film equipment
  • Ability to use various computer editing and photo editing software
  • Ability to lead a project from start to finish
  • Ability to perform basic administrative tasks
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to collaborate on holding public events
  • General knowledge of Parks Canada and the historic canals of Quebec

Previous experience

  • Have completed 1 year of university studies (cinematography, television, interactive media or others)
  • Other requirements

Bilingualism is a must

Capable of driving a vehicle; valid driver's licence

Work location

Montreal

How to apply?

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca

 


YOUR DREAM JOB AT PARKS CANADA!

2 Parks Canada Employee

 

Available positions : lock and bridge operator

Closing date: 7 February 2018

Operating the controls of the locks and bridges on a historic canal, welcoming boaters, providing visitors with quality service and working in a unique setting... Interested in the world of navigation? Parks Canada’s Quebec Waterways team is currently seeking qualified candidates. Spread the word!

Working the locks for Parks Canada: An exciting job awaits!

Parks Canada is looking to several lock and bridge operator term positions on Quebec historic canals.

The lock operator’s job is complex. For example, at Locks 1, 2 and 3 on the Chambly Canal, 47 different actions are required to let a boat through: opening the sluices and gates, manoeuvring the swing bridge, controlling the traffic lights, and so on. Each canal thus has it specificities you will get accustomed to.

Qualities sought

 

Candidates must be enthusiastic, physically fit and able to multitask—and enjoy working outside, rain or shine. Parks Canada’s lock keepers are known for their exceptional customer service, so it is important to enjoy working with the public.

Candidates must be available from May to October, have completed high school (Secondary V) and hold a driver’s licence. The ability to communicate in English is considered an asset.

The available positions are term positions (with possibility of permanent appointment) and well-paying, with an hourly rate between $22.16 and $24.09 depending on experience.

This enriching and fulfilling job could be yours!

Feel at home on the water and looking for a seasonal job? It is time to apply. Visit jobs.gc.ca to read about the details and the process you must follow lien par canal. Hurry up, the recruitment period closes on February 7!


Parks Canada at the 2018 Montreal Boat Show: An in-depth experience

 

January 22, 2018, Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Montreal Boat and Water sports show

 

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 1st to 4th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. With the special participation of the New York State Canals, we'll welcome visitors this year to our space featuring Canada's historic canals and we'll help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat! The 2018 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2018 season, virtual reality experiences, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

 

Activities for the whole family

For the greater pleasure of visitors, a locking experience in virtual reality will be made available this year. Come and see us and our cutting edge equipment will enable you to experience a locking as though you were really there!

On Sunday February 4th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

Conference of New York and Canada historic canals

This year, Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with New York State Canals to offer you an exciting conference that goes beyond the borders! Discover the popular nautical circuits through the Canadian and American historic canals, from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the Thousand Islands via Chambly and Lake Champlain, or even spend the night at the Lachine Canal to enjoy Montreal's attractions! The lockkeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to properly plan your next trip, including tips for night mooring, safety in the locks and much more. Don't miss this opportunity!

The 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 1st!


Temporary closure of canal banks and pathway

Montreal (QC), September 28, 2017 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that from October 2017 until December 2019, certain areas of the Lachine Canal banks, including the pathway, will be temporarily closed to allow the completion of various rehabilitation work projects.

Travailleur sur les murs du canal de Lachine

Southwest Sector: rehabilitation of retaining walls

Starting in late September 2017, there will be a closure of the north side of the Lachine Canal, between the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge and lock No. 4 (also called the Côte-Saint-Paul lock). This temporary closure will remain in effect until December 2019 and is necessary for the rehabilitation of the canal’s retaining walls. This work includes moving Hydro-Québec poles and the removal of vegetation. While this work is being done, bank and pathway users are encouraged to use the south side of the Canal by crossing over the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge (Beaudoin Street) to the east and the temporary bridge installed at lock No. 4 to the west. Signage with the detour map are installed along the perimeter of the worksite.

Lachine, Lasalle, and Southwest sectors: rehabilitation of the lighting system

At the beginning of October 2017, Parks Canada will begin rehabilitation of the Canal pathway lighting system, between the Côte-Saint-Paul bridge (located under Highway 15) in the Southwest and du Musée Road in Lachine. The work will continue until spring 2018 and will require a full or partial pathway closure in this area. While work is in progress, pathway users are encouraged to use the municipal bike path network and other safe alternative routes.

The safety of workers and the public is Parks Canada’s top priority. Pathway users are reminded to exercise caution, respect signage, and to use the detours provided.

Parks Canada is committed to the sustainability of historic canals and is investing more than 170 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This work is part of the unprecedented 3 billion dollars Parks Canada is investing over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and strengthening their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation.

For more information on the infrastructure projects underway at the Lachine Canal, visit www.parcscanada.gc.ca/canallachine-work.


Government of Canada Investing in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Multi-million dollar improvement to the lighting system for the Lachine Canal path

June 20, 2017, Montreal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience the outdoors and discover our rich and varied history.
Des cyclistes sur la voie de droite d'une piste cyclable, des piétons sur la piste de gauche, des arbres et du soleil.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million to rebuild the lighting system of the Lachine Canal path.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million over the next three years to rebuild the lighting system along the Lachine Canal path. Members of Parliament, Marc Miller (Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Îles-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), David Lametti (LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) and Anju Dhillon (Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle) made the announcement together on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. This investment will guarantee a safe, high-quality experience for the more than one million yearly visitors to this remarkable urban park in the heart of Montreal. This project involves replacing the entire underground distribution system for lighting along the canal path that dates from 1978. More than 400 lampposts will also be replaced over the next three years to provide pleasant, secure and reliable lighting for visitors. The new LED lamp models will contribute to the sound environmental management of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and a reduction in energy costs. The rebuilding of the lighting system is in addition to numerous other infrastructure projects recently completed or planned over the next few years along the Lachine Canal, including the rehabilitation of footbridges and tunnels, the rebuilding of canal walls, and the rebuilding of Locks 1 and 2. The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. This also includes free lockage on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Just as admission fees give visitors access to the wonders of national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas, lockage fees give boaters access to Parks Canada’s historic waterways.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and preserving our national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In addition to supporting local economies and the tourism industry, infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, support safe, enjoyable experiences for visitors. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite Canadians to experience the history and beauty of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in the heart of Montreal.”

Marc Miller,
Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, investments in the protection and conservation of Canada’s treasured places take on an even more important meaning. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in Canada 150. I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of free admission and free lockage for boaters at Parks Canada places in Quebec in 2017, starting right here with the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.”

David Lametti,
Member of Parliament for LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“National parks and historic sites, like the Lachine Canal, represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are as a people. Our government is investing in the revitalization of federal infrastructure assets at Parks Canada places to help create middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences for years to come.”

Anju Dhillon,
Member of Parliament for Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle

Quick facts

  • As the government’s gift to Canadians for Canada 150, admission to all national parks, historic sites and national marine conservation will be free in 2017. This includes free lockage at the historic canals and waterways administered by Parks Canada.
  • With more than one million visitors, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place in Montreal and a major tourist attraction.
  • A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 14.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment will ensure these cherished places are protected and secured for the future.
    From June 12 to July 1, the public is invited to take part in the various consultation activities on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. For more information on the proposed vision and the consultation activities, and to complete the online questionnaire, visit www.consultationscanal.ca.

Associated documents

Backgrounder: Investment in the lighting system of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,142 KO) Backgrounder: Infrastructure projects completed along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,160 KO)

Parks Canada invites the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Two cyclists on Lachine Canal path with skyscrapers in the background

June 12, 2017 Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is pleased to invite the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. A founding infrastructure that has shaped Montreal’s history, this 14.5 kilometre waterway—today used as a linear park and gathering place—played a key role in the development of Canada’s canal network connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The draft management plan was developed with the benefit of a visioning exercise conducted in 2015 with a range of stakeholders. It contains strategies and key objectives for the management and operation of this National Historic Site for the next 10 to 15 years. The public is requested to comment on proposed aspects such as giving the Lachine Canal a strong and distinctive identity, increasing services, refreshing the visitor experience, mobilizing communities, and increasing awareness of the network of sites managed by Parks Canada.

The Agency today invites visitors, residents of adjacent neighbourhoods and Montrealers at large, partners and organizations who wish to make their voices heard to take part in the various consultation activities surrounding this draft plan. Those interested may consult a summary of the plan and comment on it online until July 1st, 2017, at the following site: consultationcanal.ca.

Kiosks will be set up in various locations to gather the opinions of citizens and visitors:

  • Thursdays, June 15th and June 22nd, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lionel-Groulx metro station.
  • The weekends of June 17-18 and June 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atwater kiosk by the Lachine Canal (southwest corner of Atwater and Saint-Ambroise streets); at Lock No. 1 in the Old Port of Montreal (near the Marché des Éclusiers located at 400 de la Commune West); and the Lachine Visitor Services Centre (500 Chemin des Iroquois, H8S 4H5).

This will also be a great opportunity to find out about the activities on offer as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and to experience outdoors and learn more on our history.

Finally, a public meeting will take place on Monday, June 19th, at 7 p.m., in the Espace Canal room of the Château Saint-Ambroise, located at 4020 Saint-Ambroise Street. Those who would like to attend are invited to register online at UVNQ.commmunications@pc.gc.ca or by phone at 514-375-2724.

For more information about the proposed vision and consultation activities, and to fill out the online form, please visit consultationscanal.ca.

Quote

“National parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and they belong to all Canadians. I invite everyone to share their views on the Lachine Canal Historic Site so that, together, we can build a vibrant plan and common vision for this unique and important place.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Two kayakers on Lachine Canal with skyscrapers in the background

Quick facts

  • As a requirement of the Canada National Parks Act, the management plans guide Parks Canada’s places management and are reviewed every 10 years.

  • Forging a link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is a magnificent 14.5 km-long urban park that runs through the heart of Montreal. The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the role played by the Lachine Canal in the 19th and 20th centuries at the forefront of the network of canals connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

  • Visited by over a million people every year, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place and a major tourist attraction in Montreal.

Associated links

www.consultationscanal.ca/en
Parks Canada
Lachine Canal National Historic Site


Information bulletin 

2017 boating season
Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY (Quebec), June 2, 2017 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2017 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent exceptional flooding that affected facilities, the opening to boating was delayed in some locations and sites will remain closed to visitors along the banks for an indefinite period.

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

The Chambly Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The Saint-Ours Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Carillon Canal Park is partly closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season starting on Wednesday, June 7, until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal Park is partly closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place.

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operation of the historic canal facilities and will inform the population of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding exercising caution, and complying with the temporary traffic signs.

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1-888-773-8888.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, admission to all the parks and national historic sites is free for the year 2017 on presentation of the Discovery card. As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.


15 years, 15 reasons to love!

It has been 15 years already since one of Montreal's iconic places reopened its doors to navigation following an ambitious restoration project. Since then, season after season, the Lachine Canal has fascinated millions of visitors, for 1001 reasons. Today, to mark these 15 years, here are 15 reasons to love your Lachine Canal.

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(Start of video showing Parks Canada identifiers. Start of continuous music.

Opening of the lock's doors at the Lachine Canal

People aboard a ship

People cycling, rollerblading

A bird flies away

People who paddle on a canoe

Outdoor Camping Tents

People sitting on the red chairs

Redpath building

Outdoor show

An employee working in a food truck putting mayonnaise on a meatball

Outdoor show at night

Image of the Lachine Canal with on-screen writing:15 reasons to love, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Official Parks Canada credits. End of music.)


Lowering of the water level in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal, Quebec, October 3, 2016 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the water level will be completely lowered in the Lachine Canal starting October 12, 2016. The canal will remain dry until the last week of December 2016 in order to allow inspections and repairs on the canal’s structures.

Parks Canada will invest more than 173 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This major investment will result in the upgrading of a number of structural components of this navigable waterway and will improve the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year.


Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal

Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs

New season in this emblematic location of Montréal

June 2, 2016, Montréal, Québec, Parks Canada Agency

To launch the new season, Parks Canada is unveiling unpublished video clips in which public figures recount their memories of the Lachine Canal. To begin, immerse yourself in the childhood of Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin to discover the origins of his attachment to this emblematic Montreal location. And this summer, take advantage of the activities and events that are offered there to add your story to those of the Lachine Canal and live unforgettable moments at the site!

Marc Bergevin recounts the Lachine Canal

Parks Canada has invited a number of individuals to share their memories of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, while seated in a red Adirondack chair. In the video capsule launched today, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens recalls the history of his family in the Lachine Canal neighbourhood and the reasons that led him to return after an absence of 30 years. Other capsules will be released this summer to reveal the memories of public figures at this Montreal landmark.

Since 2015, the Parks Canada red chairs have allowed visitors to the Lachine Canal to enjoy breathtaking views of Montreal and the structural elements that comprise its rich heritage. Take the opportunity to share your moment of relaxation with the hashtag #TimeToConnect!

THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal

This summer promises to be an exciting one at the Lachine Canal with surprising events and outdoor activities offered every day. Among the programmed events is the absolute must Learn to Camp which will be held on 18th and 19th of June at Parks Canada's Esplanade du Centenaire, at the same time as the very popular Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal. Take a ride in an electric boat on the waters of the canal with Le Petit Navire, bike on one of the most beautiful urban paths in the world using the bike rental services of Ma Bicyclette and see Montréal in a different way aboard one of the vessels of H2O Adventures. Take advantage of your crossing to stock up on fresh produce at Atwater Market and picnic on the banks. New this year: meet at the Canal Lounge floating café to quench your thirst in a unique setting.

Quotes

"With the [Lachine] Canal being all [re]done, with the biking, the jogging, I think it is a nice place to live. You get the Atwater Market, which is right here. I just love being here; I feel like it’s home!"

Marc Bergevin, Vice President and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens

"To mark the new season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Parks Canada is excited to present these video clips that highlight this treasure of our cultural heritage. This is an original way to invite the population to the Lachine Canal this summer to take part in activities in the open air while getting close to nature and learning more about our rich history."

Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada


The facts in brief

  • The General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin, recounts his childhood memories of the Lachine Canal in an unprecedented video capsule.
  • With surprising events and outdoor activities offered daily in an exceptional setting, the Lachine Canal is THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal.
  • Enjoy the Lachine Canal's red chairs to see Montreal in a different way and add your story to those of the Lachine Canal by sharing your photo with the hashtag #TimeToConnect.
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The Government of Canada announces new investment in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways

March 29, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.

Canada’s National Parks are a vital part of who we are as a country – they bring our communities together and represent our shared heritage.

Today’s major investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint Ours Canal. Finally, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, in order to increase the experience for all visitors.

The Government of Canada will continue to make investments in our environment to ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.

Quote

“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products in Canada and its destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
  • The Lachine Canal, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors, is an important gathering place and tourist attraction in Montreal.
  • National Historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

The Lachine Canal in the heart of Montréal

The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montréal

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Montréal, Quebec, Canada, a few minutes before dusk, on a summer day. In the sky, a few clouds in the distance. Fast-moving images show a view of the Peel Basin, located on the Lachine Canal’s National Historic Site. In the background, a glimpse of the Bonaventure Expressway and a factory with its “FARINE FIVE ROSES” flashing sign.

The title of the video “The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montreal” fades in and fades out.

A sign on a lamppost reads: Ici, aujourd’hui : UN LIEU HISTORIQUE NATIONAL – Here, now : A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – CANAL-DE-LACHINE CANAL.

The camera pans downward: a cyclist and a jogger are seen along the Canal’s path. We catch a glimpse of downtown Montreal in the background.

A train crosses the Canal on the rail line, people are relaxing. Many bicycles are parked alongside a bicycle rental and repair shop.

Discussion between the manager and a customer.

Bicycles are hanging from the ceiling. A bicycle repairman is hard at work.

Two kayaks and a life jacket storage area.

A large “L”-shaped wharf is used for mooring small electric boats, canoes, and pedal boats.

Two kayakers sharing the same kayak paddle along the Canal.

Three young people navigate an electric boat on the Canal. In the background, people who live along the Canal are relaxing on its banks.

View from inside a rabaska canoe with seven rowers. The Charlevoix Bridge can be seen in the background.

Consecutive images of two mobile food trucks serving customers.

Two people are sitting at a picnic table enjoying their meal.

An American Robin flies off, leaving the grassy area alongside the Canal’s path.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site sign with a glimpse of the Atwater Market in the back ground.

In the heart of the market, we see flowers, different types of vendors selling food, such as fruit, and transactions between vendors and customers.

Three women dressed in New France colonial period costume are chatting with another woman wearing a hat and carrying an advertising leaflet.

Pedestrians can be seen on the Canal’s gravel path. In the background, the Atwater Market footbridge.

A man, standing with his back to the camera, strikes a pose next to his bicycle along the Canal’s banks.

A female jogger runs toward the camera.

Two young women enjoy a snack on a bench located along the Canal’s banks.

A large stage with several people waiting for a concert in front of it.

A concert is underway. A young girl is sitting on her father’s shoulders, with her back to the camera. They are looking at the concert stage.

A few minutes before dusk, fast-moving images present the comings and goings of those who are in front of the stage.

Official Parks Canada credits. End of music.)

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
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Canal’s Path Maintenance

The Lachine Canal’s path is maintained from April 15th to November 15th each year.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s path was ranked third among the world’s top urban cycling trips by the American magazine TIME.

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Did you know?

The Lachine Canal path was inaugurated in 1978. Part of its route follows the former towpath built when the canal opened in 1825. This path was used by horses that towed or pulled dismasted sailing vessels between Lachine and the Old Port.